.Ancient Sources

Sinai and Egypt


137. Desert of Zin where were sent down the manna and the quails

ORIGINAL TEXTS

Ostenderunt etiam et illum locum ubi eis pluit manna et coturnices. Ac sic ergo singula, quecumque scripta sunt in libris sanctis moysi facta fuisse in eo loco, id est in ea ualle, quam dixi subiacere monti dei, id est sancto syna, ostensa sunt nobis. (Itinerarium Egeriae, 5:8)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Egeria, Itinerarium 5:8 (381-384 A.D.)
They showed us where the manna and the quails descended on the people. So we where shown everything which the Book of Moses tell us took place in that valley beneath holy Sinai, the Moun of God.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Ex 16:11-18 The manna and the quails
The Lord spoke to Moses and said, "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, "At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God." In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: "Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents." The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed.

MORE ANCIENT SOURCES

Petrus Diaconus, De Locis Sanctis (Appendix to: Egeria, Itinerarium) Y13 (12th cent. A.D.)
Two mountains come into sight on the left, and, before you reach them, there is a place where the Lord rained manna on the children of Israel. They are lofty mountains, and very steep. On one side of the mountains the valley is perfectly flat and like a colonnade about two hundred yards wide, with the steep high mountains on either side. But where the mountains open out the valley is six miles wide and a good deal longer.


ICONOGRAPHIC PARALLELS

Tabula Peutingeriana
(4th cent. A.D.)
Desertum u(bi) quadraginta annis erraverunt filii Israel ducente Moise.
Hic legem acceperunt in Monte Syna
Mons Syna


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